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Severe shortage in medicines, medical equipment in Gaza
Published Tuesday 24/06/2014 (updated) 25/06/2014 22:55
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GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza says a serious crisis is expected to affect the health sector in the coastal enclave as many types of medicines and medical equipment have run out and other types are running out.

Ashraf al-Qidra said in a statement Tuesday that 122 types of basic medicines completely ran out and 91 types would run out in a few weeks. Furthermore, 471 types of medical equipment and disposables have run out completely and some 85 types will run out in a few weeks, added al-Qidra.

He highlighted that Gaza fuel crisis has affected hospitals and medical centers. During daily power cuts, Gaza hospitals use diesel-run generators to produce electricity.

Gaza public hospitals, says al-Qidra, consume 8,000 liters of diesel a day and they now have only 20 percent of the average reserve. In addition, ambulances and other vehicles of the ministry consume about 22,000 liters of diesel and 12,000 liters of gasoline a month. Under these conditions, he added that fuel reserves will run out in a few days.

As a result, the ministry of health decided to cancel surgical operations which are not urgent and to reduce about 50 percent of ambulance travel.
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1 ) Brian COhen / Israel
24/06/2014 23:06
Yaani - all Hamas has to do is hand over the kidnapped Israeli teens and declare finally that it agrees to peace with Israel. That would open the borders. But no, no Palestinian group would hand over illegally kidnapped children. And no Hamas government will declare that it wants peace with Israel. The Gazans continue to pay a steep price for the policies of their "leaders".

2 ) david / usa
24/06/2014 23:24
Why doesn't hamas use the tunnels to smuggle medical equipment

3 ) Alison / UK
25/06/2014 00:00
Why should Israel be allowed to continue punishing the sick (along with their families and other civilians) for the disappearance of 3 teenagers for which they have no responsibility? Those of us who detest collective punishment can at least do something by donating to MAP (Medical Aid for Palestinians).

4 ) Mel / USA
25/06/2014 00:12
ISRAEL'S COLLECTIVE PUNISHMENT war crimes,again! Israel directly murders Palestinian people,blockades them for receiving health care/medicines then,in WB says,Look how kind we are by taking occupied Palestinians(just shot by us or beaten to death by our settler thugs)to Jews-only hospitals! Israel won't even let Qatar transfer funds pledged to Gaza,via the UN envoy!!! How's that for insulting the UN,EU &USG &making them look MORE collaborative with Israel's collective punishment?Cowardly Israel

5 ) Outlier / USA
25/06/2014 01:44
The lies with Hamas - and ONLY Hamas.

6 ) Rondo Mondo / Canada
25/06/2014 03:45
Any medical shortages are entirely the fault of Hamas and the PA.

7 ) Herb Glatter / USA
25/06/2014 05:04
There is plenty of money for Qassam rockets, mortars, machine guns and other weapons but you don't provide healthcare for your people. Shame on you

8 ) dan / holland
25/06/2014 09:46
seems there is no shortage of rokkets....
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